Jack Harrison makes European football vow as Leeds United maintain Europa Conference League hopes

JACK Harrison says Leeds United will be striving to end the season with a European qualification spot as the icing on the cake to a strong Premier League return.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 12:19 pm

Newly-promoted Leeds maintained their mathematical prospects of qualifying for a European tournament next season through Saturday's 4-0 romp at Burnley.

The victory tightened United's grip on tenth place and left Marcelo Bielsa's Whites just three points behind both eighth-placed Everton and seventh-placed Tottenham Hotspur with two games left.

The side that finishes the Premier League season in seventh place is likely to seal the division's sole qualifying spot for next season's inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League

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IN THE HUNT: Leeds United winger Jack Harrison draws in Josh Brownhill, James Tarkowski and Matthew Lowton during Saturday's 4-0 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images.

The Europa Conference League is effectively a new third tier European competition that acts below the Champions League and Europa League.

United's chances of sealing that spot remain slim as both Tottenham and Everton have three games left and both are in action on Sunday.

Spurs host Wolves in a 2.05pm kick-off whilst Everton take on already-relegated Sheffield United at Goodison Park at 7pm.

Victory for either side would kick them six points clear of Leeds with just two games left in the 'race for seventh' - and Spurs already have a plus 16 better goal difference - but Harrison says his side will certainly give qualifying for Europe a damn good go.

Asked on BT Sport if Leeds were still sniffing a European spot and how much of a nice end to the season that would be, Harrison smiled: "Definitely.

"We are always ambitious as a team and we are going to be striving for that.

"But it's been a good season so far for us as a club in the first season back in the Premier League and we are just hoping to finish strong."

Leeds could mathematically yet overhaul sixth-placed West Ham United but the Hammers are six points ahead of the Whites with two games left and have a plus six better goal difference.

The Whites visit Southampton on Tuesday evening and then end their season at home to already relegated West Brom next Sunday afternoon.

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Thank you Laura Collins